US prosecutors subpoena Trump inaugural committee for documents

US prosecutors subpoena Trump inaugural committee for documents

US prosecutors subpoena Trump inaugural committee for documents

The subpoena by U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY requests documents, communications and memos involving donors, vendors and expenditures, according to an ABC News report.

A spokeswoman has confirmed the request and said the committee intends to cooperate with the investigation, several outlets reported.

Federal prosecutors in NY have informed the Trump inaugural committee that they intend to subpoena the committee for documents, according to a source familiar with the outreach.

"We have just received a subpoena for documents", the spokesperson said in a statement.

The US Attorney's Office in Manhattan, which issued the subpoena, also declined to comment.

A spokesperson for the inaugural committee indicated to the Times that it is still reviewing the subpoena and is intending to cooperate with prosecutors.

A second spokesman, Owen Blicksilver, declined to answer questions about which documents prosecutors requested.

Further, the report stated that prosecutors interviewed Richard Gates, who served as both a Trump campaign aide and the inaugural committee's deputy chair, regarding the organization's spending.

Mueller is separately examining the campaign's ties to Russian Federation while the same federal prosecutors who subpoenaed Trump's inaugural records are probing his company, the Trump Organisation.

Trump's inaugural committee has been under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors since at least December, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Prosecutors also are looking for any illegal foreign contributions and whether committee staff members were aware of such illegality, The New York Times reported.

Any donations to the inaugural fund from foreign individuals and businesses would be a violation of finance laws.

The money spent for Trump's inauguration ranged from $1.5 million for the Trump International Hotel, $30,000 in per diem payments to contract workers and $10,000 for makeup for 20 aides at an event in the evening.

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